She works as a career counselor for PHASE, the Project for Homemakers in Arizona Seeking Employment, and as a homeless advocate at a shelter for women and their children. While she is currently pursuing her M.Ed. In Educational Psychology, Guidance and Counseling at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the super-motivated, 4.0 student plans to get her Ph.D. in her field. Her ultimate goal is to teach on the university level and write textbooks on career choice assistance.
“I have had health problems for the past few years,” Nora said. “Many of these came to the fore in the week before my 26th birthday – this past December. Some people say experiences like that are a “wake-up call,” but I don’t think I was asleep. Instead, I see this as a way of life, showing us how unpredictable and unexpected it can be . . . and how we have to be even more dedicated to living fulfilling, invigorating lives. So even though sometimes I feel like I am too busy, working a full-time and a part-time job and going to school, I also feel like I am doing what I need to do, for myself, to be able to go to bed each night with a light heart and a smile on my face, as I like my life, and know that I’m doing what is important for me to do.”